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Primary Purpose:

The job duties of the paraprofessional are to be accomplished under the direct supervision of and to the specifications of the appropriate VI professional staff.

Qualifications:

  1. Minimum Education/Certification:
    1. High school diploma or GED.
  2. Special Knowledge/Skills:
    1. Use of literary and Nemeth braille for reading, writing, and translation purposes meeting the standards as prescribed by the National Library Service
    2. Typing and keyboarding skills
    3. Effective communication and interpersonal skills.
  3. Office skills:
    1. Take, understand, and relay phone messages to teachers
    2. Type memos
    3. Perform general office duties such as filing, organizing, and maintain records
  4. Experience with children with disabilities is strongly preferred.

General Office Duties

  1. Answer phones
  2. Type reports, letters
  3. Contact schools to relay messages to VI professionals
  4. Keep daily schedules of vision teachers and O& M specialists
  5. Inventory and distribute materials and equipment
  6. File
  7. Update student directory
  8. Maintain current forms
  9. Arrange for repairs of equipment
  10. Distribute mail
  11. Make photocopies
  12. Secure and maintain office supplies

Material Preparation:

  1. Braille, record, or enlarge textbooks, workbooks, worksheets, and diagnostic tests that are not available through state agencies

Other Duties:

  1. Work with students under the direction of a VI professional to maximize students' independence
  2. Assist the VI and campus staff with modifications and supplemental services necessary for the education of students with visual impairments
  3. Make home and school visits, with VI professional(s) as necessary to achieve IEP objectives
  4. Deliver materials and equipment
  5. Acquire and implement any necessary updates in computer technology as it applies to braille and large print production.

Evaluation:

Accurate and timely work to be evaluated by VI professionals and special education administration in accordance with school board policy.